Game On

The National Campaign For Lacrosse

Youth players from coast to coast are cradling sticks for the first time and discovering a passion that lasts a lifetime. As the national governing body of lacrosse, US Lacrosse is challenged to rise to meet the needs of our sport's explosive growth. Our sport requires an investment in leadership, safety and opportunity and as players, parents, coaches, officials and fans, we must answer this call. The time is now for The National Campaign for Lacrosse.

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This is your Sport

As the sport’s national governing body, US Lacrosse strives to improve and enhance the lacrosse experience for all. We understand how the gifts of sport—sportsmanship, confidence, community and the realization of one’s true potential—come to life through lacrosse. We know that one coach, one official, one teammate or one moment can make a difference that lasts a lifetime. We believe that our continued investment in a positive lacrosse experience will change lives for the better.

The $15 million National Campaign for Lacrosse will strengthen national leadership and expand resources required to best position lacrosse for healthy, sustained and responsible growth. Every dollar invested in the National Campaign for Lacrosse is a dollar invested in fortifying the future of the sport.

We are inspired by America’s passion for lacrosse and challenged by the explosive growth of the sport.

Passed through the generations, steeped with rich traditions from its Native American roots to our nation’s institutions of higher education, America’s first sport is now America’s fastest-growing sport. Youth across the country, from Maine to California, are cradling their first sticks and discovering the passion that lasts a lifetime.

As the sport’s national governing body, US Lacrosse strives to improve and enhance the lacrosse experience for all. We understand how the gifts of sport—sportsmanship, confidence, community and the realization of one’s true potential—come to life through lacrosse. We know that one coach, one official, one teammate or one moment can make a difference that lasts a lifetime. We believe that our continued investment in a positive lacrosse experience will change lives for the better.

When eight lacrosse associations merged to create US Lacrosse in 1998, the new national governing body had 12 employees services 20,000 members. Fifteen years later, 80 employees serve a a growing membership of more than 425,000 within 64 US Lacrosse chapters throughout the country.

The $15 million National Campaign for Lacrosse will strengthen national leadership and expand resources required to best position lacrosse for healthy, sustained and responsible growth. Every dollar invested in the National Campaign for Lacrosse is a dollar invested in fortifying the future of the sport.

GAME ON.

A National Community

Investing in Leadership: $13 Millon

Since its inception in 1998, US Lacrosse has been a catalyst for unprecedented growth in our sport. The demand for national leadership and resource has increased substantially and can no longer be provided effectively and efficiently within the walls of our current headquarters.

Our new National Lacrosse Center will be an incubator for the sport’s continued positive growth and development, positioning US Lacrosse to engage and deliver resources to lacrosse constituencies nationwide.

The current US Lacrosse headquarters—constructed in 1991 and expanded in 1997—is functionally obsolete. The roof, key mechanical systems, and interior spaces require renovation or replacement. Even with those improvements, the leased facility from Johns Hopkins University remains too small to meet the organization’s needs. In addition, restrictions on the use of the property will not allow for expansion.

To keep pace with the growth of lacrosse, our staff has grown rapidly to nearly 80 employees. Unable to house more than 35 staff in the original facility, we have been forced to add an additional 6,000 square feet by leasing office space down the street—and inherently inefficient setup.

The lack of pace also has compromised the operation of our Lacrosse Museum and Hall of Fame. The truncated displays no longer appropriately reflect the rich history of lacrosse and the significant contributions made by our National Lacrosse Hall of Fame members.

After careful evaluation for more than eight years, the boards of directors of US Lacrosse and the US Lacrosse Foundation determined that a new 30,000 square foot facility, constructed and owned by US Lacrosse, is the most prudent solution to address both our current and future operational needs. Long-term flexibility for anticipated organization growth and asset ownership were two key factors in the unanimous decision.

Following their recommendation, we purchased a 12-acre parcel of land in Sparks, Maryland, in November 2012. The campus is large enough to accommodate the National Lacrosse Center that will house our office, the Lacrosse Museum and National Lacrosse Hall of Fame, and an outdoor exhibition and training facility that will serve as a home for the U.S. National Teams and a dynamic classroom for our coaching and officials education programs.

Our new National Lacrosse Center will be an incubator for the sport’s continued positive growth and development. It will enable US Lacrosse to increase operating efficiencies, attract and retain talented staff and expand the development and deployment of programs and services to meet a growing national demand. With the addition of a conference center for the more than 350 volunteers from more than 40 states that serve within the organization’s leadership structure, US Lacrosse will be better positioned to engage and deliver resources to lacrosse constituencies nationwide.

Adjacent to the center, an intimate exhibition field with seating, locker rooms and a workout facility will provide a dedicated training ground for the U.S. National Teams, serve as a nexus for educational programs, host regional and national clinics for coaches, officials and players, and provide a unique destination venue for teams at all levels of play.

An important goal of US Lacrosse is to preserve and promote the sport’s history. The center’s Lacrosse Museum and National Hall of Game will celebrate the sport’s rich history through the stories, images and people of America’s first sport.

An Inclusive Environment

Investing in Opportunity: $1 Million

As the sport’s national governing body, US Lacrosse strives to improve and enhance the lacrosse experience for all. We understand how the gifts of sport—sportsmanship, confidence, community and the realization of one’s true potential—come to life through lacrosse. We know that one coach, one official, one teammate or one moment can make a difference that lasts a lifetime. We believe that our continued investment in a positive lacrosse experience will change lives for the better.

The $15 million National Campaign for Lacrosse will strengthen national leadership and expand resources required to best position lacrosse for healthy, sustained and responsible growth. Every dollar invested in the National Campaign for Lacrosse is a dollar invested in fortifying the future of the sport.

For the past 15 years, US Lacrosse has led efforts to develop the sport in underserved and underrepresented communities across the country. Hundreds of US Lacrosse grants are awarded annually that deliver programmatic, financial and equipment-based resources to new participants. In February 2013, US Lacrosse reaffirmed its commitment to increasing access to the sport by issuing a formal stance on diversity and inclusion, targeting gender, racial, geographic and socioeconomic impact.

US Lacrosse is committed to providing a quality lacrosse experience and introducing the sport to children who would otherwise not have the opportunity to play. This pledge goes beyond handing out sticks and focuses on building sustainable lacrosse communities. Initiatives such as the First Stick Program have been developed to ensure that the sport grows through best practices that place the interests of players at the forefront.

Since 2000, US Lacrosse has awarded more than 600 equipment grants, valued at more than $3 million, to programs in 49 states and the District of Columbia. In 2012, the First Stick program awarded grants to 102 programs in 31 states, impacting more than 2,600 players and coaches with more than $850,000 in resources.

The National Campaign for Lacrosse will enable expansion in core initiatives including the First Stick Program and coaches and officials education. Multi-year deployments of comprehensive US Lacrosse resources expand participation beyond traditional boundaries and inspire kids to play hard and dream big. Our initiatives are designed to take root in a community and deliver return on investment for years to come.

A Safer Experience

Investing in Safety: $1 Million

Increased investment in health and safety will expand initiatives geared toward keeping the sport safer for all players, including additional support for lacrosse-specific injury research, equipment review and certification, rule development, educational conferences, and publications targeted to the national lacrosse community.

US Lacrosse is a recognized leader among national sports associations in health and safety advocacy, research and education. The US Lacrosse Sports Science and Safety Committee has fostered strategic alliances with like-minded organizations that concentrate on injury prevention. Some of the causes that US Lacrosse has championed include concussion awareness and treatment, commotion cordis research and the promotion of AEDs on every field, and studies leading to a great understanding of the nature, frequency and mechanism of lacrosse-specific injuries.

Since 1998, US Lacrosse has invested more than $600,000 in safety research, including more than $185,000 in 2014. Among recent areas of sustained focus are the adoption of the NOCSAE ball standard for all levels of plays and women’s headgear research. Additional research set to begin in 2013 includes an ACL injury prevention program and a study on chest protectors.

Increased investment in health and safety will expand initiatives geared toward keeping the sport safer for all players, including additional support for lacrosse-specific injury research, equipment review and certification, rule development, educational conferences, and publications targeted to the national lacrosse community.

Balancing player safety with sport integrity will always be core to our organization’s mission and purpose. Our long-term goal is to create a US Lacrosse Sports Science and Safety Institute to develop and promote best practices in safety among amateur sports organizations.

Testimonials

  • The vision of the National Campaign for Lacrosse is transformational for US lacrosse and our ability to better serve the lacrosse community across the country. Our players, parents, coaches, officials and fans deserve nothing less.

    Laura Hebert, Virginia
    Former Chair, US Lacrosse Board of Directors
  • It is my life’s passion to work with rising athletes, advance our sport and welcome all to the lacrosse family. I know first-hand that we cannot responsibly scale lacrosse for the future without this investment in US Lacrosse.

    Richie Moran, New York
    Former coach, Cornell University and Team USA
    Lacrosse Hall of Fame 1983
  • The National Lacrosse Center will be a focal point for information and education that will advance the sport for everyone and help make it safer to play.

    Rich Morgan, Colorado
    Chair, US Lacrosse Board of Directors
  • Every child should have the opportunity to experience the power of lasting friendships, the grace of sportsmanship and the personal growth and responsibility of being a valued member of a team.

    Edward T. Calkins, Florida
    Chair, US Lacrosse Foundation Board of Directors
    Co-Chair, The National Campaign for Lacrosse

The Time is Now

As young players, we were taught to attack with confidence, defend with vigor and pursue every ground ball like it was our last. It is with this same passion that we seek to bring our vision for the responsible growth of lacrosse to life. This is our moment.

US Lacrosse

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